PROPERTY FROM THE DESCENDANT FAMILY OF ARTHUR RICHARD DUFTY CBE, (1911-1993), MASTER OF THE ROYAL ARMOURIES (1963-76) AND PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES (1978- 81)
A FINE FRENCH SMALL-SWORD WITH PASTE-SET SILVER-GILT HILT, PARIS, 1778-9
with hollow-triangular blade etched and gilt with scrolling foliage, trophies and an allegorical figure on a blued panel at the forte, silver hilt cast and chased in low relief, comprising oval shell-guard chased with a series of raised foliate rondels between panels of foliage and punched linear ornament, the inner face with a matching arrangement of flower heads in faceted pastes within paste frames and enriched with further engraved and punched panels en suite (one paste missing), stamped beneath the washer with Paris and the makers marks including the letters 'IR' a sword between, a pair of straight quillons swelling at the terminals, a pair of pas d' āne, knuckle-guard interrupted by a central floral moulding, tall fluted pommel, threaded button, decorated throughout with faceted pastes in raised settings, those on the grip and pommel separated by long gilt flutes, and the principle borders enriched with faceted beadwork and roping, on an early leather scabbard with silver locket and chape
76.5 cm; 30 1/8 in blade
Christie's, King Street, 20th October 1969, lot 142.
A sword with a related hilt was sold in these rooms, 9th December 2009, lot 226. Another is preserved in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 26.145.302. See Dean 1929, plate LXXV, no. 90.
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